Decision Height

by  Meredith Dayna Levy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9f

Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancee to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War.  Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

From the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, comes a story about friendship and the complex though essential role of women in wartime. Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancee to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot, and do her part to help defeat the Axis powers in the Second World War. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sisters in flight suits learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes. As the war rages over there, the women form a sisterhood that cannot be broken, and Virginia must make a decision that will change her life forever. With a cast of nine vibrant female characters, Decision Height offers a look into an underrecognized subset of American heros and revises history into herstory. 

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Accolades

  • WINNER! Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play Award - 2013

Reviews

REVIEWS

"...celebrates the depth of friendship and camaraderie." - Dan Smith, fromtheeditr

Videos

  • Hollins Theatre, Mill Mt. Theatre Present "Decision Height"
  • A talk with Some of the Decision Height Creative Team
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Keywords

Feminism, Friendship, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    November 1943 through May 1944, at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. 

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

9f

VIRGINIA HASCALL - early 20's. The empathetic observer. 
EDITH "EDDIE" HARKNELL - mid 20's. The blunt and quick witted "hot pilot."
NORMA JEAN HARRIS - late 20's. The confident teacher. 
ROSALIE HARTSON - late teens/early 20's. The brave dreamer. 
ALICE HAWKINS - late 20's. The cool intellect. 
CAROL HENDERSON - late teens/early 20's. The brazen and earnest runt of the litter. 
MRS. DEATON - late 30's/early 40's. The government-employed den mother.
ZIGGIE LEWIS - early to mid 40's. A rare woman indeed. 
MILDRED SIMMONS - late 20's. A woman of few loyalties.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Meredith Dayna Levy

Meredith Dayna Levy is currently based in Roanoke, Virginia. She writes plays to give platform to quiet, quirky, and queer voices, as well as make space for dynamic, challenging women on stage. Her full length historical drama DECISION HEIGHT has garnered regional and national attention through receiving several aw ...

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Decision Height was produced by Hollins University and the Hollins Playwright's Lab and premièred on the Mill Mountain Theatre's Trinkle Stage in Roanoke, VA.  The production ran from January 24 - 26, 2014. Ernest Zulia directed.

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